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Sun 5 June 2011, The Sunday Times
Breaking Act: Ronika
By Dan Cairns
Who is she? A Nottingham singer, songwriter and DJ, Ronika Sampson has the early-1980s New York disco-funk thing down so pat, you could be forgiven for thinking this is 1984, not 2011. On her forthcoming second EP, the tracks Forget Yourself and WIYOO (plus remixes) are so evocative of that era, it is as if you are witnessing Jellybean Benitez and Larry Levan engaged in an across-the-decks face-off, with Madonna as a singing (well, you know what we mean) referee. Yet Sampson rises above mere note-perfect pastiche: her handling of the source material is so adept, and the results are so fab and imbued with such understanding and affection, that the fact the EP is more reverent than revelatory matters not a jot. Get into the groove.